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“Inns and Outs of Mosby Country - Hunter's Head Tavern”

Hunter's Head Tavern
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Ranked #1 of 6 Restaurants in Upperville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: just west of the Citgo Station
Transit: We are located on the north side of Route 50.
Description: Experience our English-style Pub that serves traditional pub fare, fine dining cuisine and mouthwatering homemade desserts. Entrees and appetizers feature local farm meats (Certified HumaneR and Certified Organic) as well as local produce. From our famous burgers, to roasted chickens, to veal and pork chops, Hunter's Head Tavern provides a unique opportunity for customers to dine with confidence. Our main ingredients come from farms dedicated to maintaining the health and well-being of their animals as well as the land. Domestic and imported beers are available on tap along with an excellent wine selection including local and organic choices. Five different dining rooms and extensive outdoor seating during the warm seasons provide a dynamic dining experience whether you are looking for a family-friendly, romantic or cozy neighborhood environment. Pets are also welcome to dine on the patio.
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9 reviews
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“Inns and Outs of Mosby Country - Hunter's Head Tavern”
Reviewed 7 March 2014

Route 50 in Virginia, formerly the Ashby Turnpike, is in the heart of the area where the "Grey Ghost" John Mosby, and his rangers raided. From Aldie west to route 17 is the scene of one of the biggest rolling calvary fights in the Gettysburg campaign, and along that route are plenty of buildings that were already seasoned by then. One in particular is the Hunter's Head tavern right on route 50 in Upperville, a well-known eatery which I visited for the first time last Saturday. The outside of the house is not remarkable for its esthetics, typical of a home in the mid 1800's, but the inside is different again. The house is actually 260 years old, starting its life as a log cabin, and the exposed logs are still to be seen in the main dining area, providing a sense of warmth to the decor, and accentuated by a large fire place at the far end. To step into the Hunter's Head is to step back in time, and while each room is different, each is cozy and inviting in its own way. Hunter's Head is run as a traditional English pub, so expect pub food like bangers and mash. You'll study the chalkboard to pick your dish, order at the bar and receive a large, wooden spoon sporting a number. Your server will use it to find you when you food comes out. Being a pub they have a decent beer selection including the dark beers that ought to be there. The food is good, the prices reasonable and the service prompt. It's also just fun to go to someplace that historic and linger a while. They also have a gentleman in brown clothes of colonial style who has been know to make an appearance every so often. According to the hostess on duty Saturday night, he was last sighted last year some time, so when you go, watch. Since the staff doesn't dress in period costume, he'll be easy to spot. Take the kids, spend the day exploring Middleburg, or tracing the cavalry battle and then go eat there. Just make reservations - it's popular and busy. For more on Mosby country and the inns -battlefieldwanderer.com.

  • Visited March 2014
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Greenbelt, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Best bangers and mash I ever ate.”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

And the company was great, and I was playing, and they were at work! Always good.

It was cold and wet and getting colder and wetter when I came into Upperville looking for a place to get out of it (I finished my hike in nearby Sky Meadows State Park as the skies cut loose). This place looked like an oasis; and things just got better from there. I sat at the bar; enjoyed two excellent beers from the Starr Hill Brewery in Crozet; and between scrumptious bites (brussels sprouts...I like them. Imagine how much better they are actually done right) and sips, spent far more time than I'd anticipated talking and listening in to local news. Warm and cozy describes the place - both the decor and the general atmosphere. They also seem to be making a very serious effort to get food from local, sustainable sources.

It's supposed to be about 264 years old and looks every bit of it - but a very lovingly preserved 264 years. You owe it to yourself to add this to your small-town Virginia experiences. it inspired me to tour Upperville, on foot, in the rain afterward. Warmth and good food go a long way together.

  • Visited March 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Interesting OLD place”
Reviewed 1 March 2014

Good beer and wine selection. Food was good with some interesting choices which seem to vary each day. Good service.

Visited February 2014
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Lake Ridge, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Nice local place with great outdoor seating area”
Reviewed 19 February 2014

I really enjoyed this place and thought it was a great location to have drinks with a friend. I ate the schnitzel, which was very good, and had a couple of beers from the excellent selection that they offer. The staff was nice and the outdoor seating area was beautiful, with lots of plants and tables spaced well enough to have private conversation. Great place to grab a drink if you are in the area!

  • Visited August 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Valentine's Dinner”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

Went here for dinner on Valentine's Day. It was a unique setting. Dinner is served in traditional English style, you place your order at the bar and they serve it to you at your table. Our waitress was excellent. There was six of us, and we ordered from traditional English fare to pork chops and everything was very, very good. If you are traveling near Upperville, you need to stop in.

  • Visited February 2014
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